Sunday’s a good day to play with Sunbursts

Sunday’s a good day to play with sunbursts don’t you agree?  Especially after days of thunderstorms and fire smoke.  Nice to have a reminder that the sun will appear again…someday.

No I’m not being existential or even grabbing for religious imagery but CASEing the catalog once again.

Check out the Annual Catalog sample on page 110.

All images © Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Annual Catalog Page 110

All images © Stampin’ Up!
2013-2014 Annual Catalog Page 110

Makes use of the currently popular Sunburst paper piecing technique.   I’ve had several people ask me for the how to’s and the dimensions of this lovely catalog sample so thought I’d sit down and try to figure it out.   While I’m not entirely sure I’ve got it exactly right I came as close as I could with what I had on hand.  And of course I decided to give it just a tiny twist.  Always something I like to do when I’m CASEing.

Oh and in case you didn’t know.  CASE stands for Copy and Share Everything.   Something you’ll see a lot in the stamping world.  Sometimes it means an exact duplicate but for me I prefer to grab the basic idea or layout then change it up just a tiny bit to make it mine.  Besides…that allows for materials you may or may not have to be substituted.

Here’s my CASE of the catalog:

Sunburst - Catalog Case pg 110 - watermarked


Stamps:  Loving Thoughts, Four Frames (the flourish image)

Ink: Primrose Petals, Versamark

Paper: Primrose Petals Core’dinations Cardstock, Very Vanilla & Pool Party Cardstock, Everyday Enchantment  SAB 2012 Designer Series Paper (retired)

Other: Lucky Limeade In Color Ribbon (retired), Basic Jewel Pearls, Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, Flower Trim (retired), Stampin’ Trimmer, Silver Embossing Powder

To start I watched Diane Sisnero’s lovely video on this technique.  To find more videos or tutorials check out my Techniques board on Pinterest.  I have several scattered throughout there.

Card base was cut at 4″ x 12″ and folded for a total card size of 4″ x 6″.   That catalog card looks longer to me but I can’t figure out how they would have accomplished that with materials we have in the catalog unless they cut and glued sheets together so I went with what I knew could easily be done.

I cut 10 rectangles of 1-1/2″ x 4″ and using my Stampin’ Trimmer I cut them on the diagonal to give me a total of 20 rays.    I interspersed various DSP designs from the Everyday Enchantment Collection from last years SAB papers and Pool Party cardstock that had been embossed with the Stampin’ Up Argyle embossing folder in my trusty Big Shot.   Rays were laid out and adhered all the way around a 4″ x 4″ mat of Very Vanilla.  If you have a steady hand you can add glue to the mat and then butt the rays one by one up against each other.  I recommend you play with the layout you prefer in advance.  Once the mat is filled with rays then trim the excess overhanging with your Tabletop or other guillotine cutter (scissors will do in a pinch).

Once I marked where the ray layer piece would go I stamped the finial style image from Four Frames in Versamark at a top and bottom mark and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.

The Text layer is 1″ x 4″  stamped with a text from Loving Thoughts in Primrose Petals ink and embellished with our half pearl basic jewels and a flower trim blossom that was rubbed in the Primrose Petals ink pad and centered with another half pearl.  In my CASE I added the ruffled ribbon below the sentiment piece.  Confession time…I did that mostly because I forgot to allow for the ribbon when I added the silver embossing.  Oops!   Either way…it works.

While I did have buttons and could have carried through that type of embellishment the papers I chose just seemed to call for something a bit softer.  Don’t you agree?   Besides it’s summer for a few more weeks so flowers seem the thing to enjoy before heading into fall.

If you have the Stampin’ Trimmer this project will reinforce how much you love it!   At least it did for me.  It also led me to my Simply Scored Scoring board and the diagonal plate to create the perfect sized envelope for my non standard card.

Here’s the notes for creating that from Jackie Topa’s excellent guide – remember this uses the diagonal plate for the simply scored:

4 x 6 Card Envelope

cut paper 8” square

score@3-1/8” and 4-1/2”

score one long side@ 6-3/8”

finished size 4½” x 6 ¼”

There you have it a Sunday CASE of Sunburst.   I hope you’ve had a restful weekend or if busy, then one dappled with bits of joy and ease.

If you have a minute I hope you’ll send some good thoughts and prayers the way of our very busy firefighters.   Our Douglas Complex fire nearby here in Southern Oregon was recently rated #1 in the nation with resources streaming in to fight it.  We’ve lost one young man already in the fight against fires here locally and my heart goes out to his family.   With the help of recent rains the fires are down but still going.   Means more work for those fighting and more smoke for those living nearby.    Here’s hoping your week ahead is safe, sunny and smoke and fire free.

Hugs and Sunday Blessings – Jean

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